Meatball sauce

So, today I was making meatballs in sauce and spaghetti for my family’s dinner. I have fussy children when it comes to onions and mushrooms. I am fed up of them picking them out and me making them eat one each. Well, today I had a plan. So my sauce was: 1 carton of chopped tomato’s, one onion, a handful of mushrooms, 2 cloves of garlic chopped, dried basil, half a tub of soft cheese, salt and pepper and finally I topped the carton of tomato’s with milk when I had emptied it. I put all this in a frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil. When it was all softened I put all the sauce in the blender and whizzed it up. I could smell the mushrooms etc but the kids all ate it without a fuss. The hubby said it was the best sauce ever. Thumbs up all round I would say. xx

Amish Old fashioned potato soup

My in-laws went to see the Amish people a couple of years ago (something I have always wanted to do!) and got me a couple of their recipe books. It’s lovely as they are all hand written. Anyway, as potatoes are not overly expensive it’s a good idea,if you are on a tight budget to use them as much as you can.

Here is an Amish recipe for their old fashioned potato soup

3 cups diced potatoes

1 cup of water

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup diced celery

2 hard boiled eggs, diced

1 tablespoon of butter

3 1/2 cups of milk or more if needed

Cook the potatoes,celery, salt and butter with water until soft. Add milk and eggs. Serve very hot. Very basic and simple the way they like to live.

Stale bread, things you can do with it.

This is from a reader’s digest book, How to do just about anything!

Slices without crusts Us to line a bowl, fill with soft fruit, top with more bread and press down with a plate and weight overnight for a summer pudding.

Dip in egg and milk and fry for French toast.

Layer buttered slices in a dish with sultanas and lemon zest, top with vanilla custard and bake to make bread and butter pudding.

Cubes Fry or bake in the oven, drizzled with oil, to make croutons. Add to tomato soup to create the Italian pappa al pompodora or to any vegetable soup to thicken it.

Breadcrumbs Mix with onions and herbs to make stuffing; fruit and nuts, such as dried apricots and almonds, can also be added. Mix with chopped herbs and use to top fish pies or other savoury dishes as an alternative to potatoes. Use, following flour and beaten egg, to coat food before frying.

Mix with sugar and lemon zest then layer with apples, dot generously with butter and bake in the oven for apple charlotte.

Homemade tumble dryer sheets

You can either use J cloths for this or old t shirts or rags as long as they are clean.

You will need: Jar with a lid, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 8 drops of essential oils, cloths.

Cut cloths into smaller pieces. Mix in vinegar and oil in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the cloths until they are damp. Store in a jar. When you have used them in the tumble dryer, keep them to one side and remake them all when you are ready. It’s better than having the shop bought ones getting stuck in the filter.